Medical Assistants

risk level
Based on 92 votes
by year 2032
or $20.19 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

41% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

44% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 41% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Medical Assistants will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Medical Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 15.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Medical Assistants' was $42,000, or $20 per hour

'Medical Assistants' were paid 12.6% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 763,040 people employed as 'Medical Assistants' within the United States.

This represents around 0.5% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 199 people are employed as 'Medical Assistants'.

Job description

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

SOC Code: 31-9092.00


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Breh says
It's honestly possible, vitals can be done automatically; appointments, patient care/education, and inquiries can be streamlined using automation, making it possible to hire less medical assistants. Although from what I hear, medical practices are slow in adapting new technology.
Sep 06, 2020 at 07:36 AM
Shalin Dutt says
Firstly, medical assistants jobs can not be done by the robots. This involves in medical license and direct patient care. Robots are not designed to draw patients blood, check vital signs, do dressing changes, protect patients from fall and refilling their medication.
Jun 08, 2020 at 03:40 AM
Milania (No chance) says
This occupation requires much more than taking vitals, it requires bedside manner, tact, empathy, patience things a robot can't do with a physician or a patient.
May 25, 2020 at 06:34 PM
Mar says
Empathy, bedside manner, patience is all already done very easily with deep learning AI look at chat GPT.
Apr 02, 2023 at 11:03 PM

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